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Been a while but I think I added 2 notches from the factory setting. I'm 180 and sometimes have my teenage daughters as passengers and it is fine. They are about 100lbs.

I also did this before swapping to the 240 so not sure how easy it would be to do now.
 

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For solo riding, what do people have the shock set at? I am about 250 lbs with gear on.
Just break out your tool and with your left hand drink a beer. With your right, keep pushing that tool all the way to the right in a perpetual motion until you hear a thunk. If you hear a thunk start over and stop just before the thunk. If I am telling you wrong, switch hands, start over and change direction.
 

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Just break out your tool and with your left hand drink a beer. With your right, keep pushing that tool all the way to the right in a perpetual motion untill you hear a thunk. If you hear a thunk start over and stop just before the thunk. If I am telling you wrong, switch hands, start over and change direction.
After all that I'd be on at least my second beer!
 

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Ok, how many beers (drinks) did it take you. well worth adjusting!
Two! One when I got the tools and one more when I went to get the pipe for leverage walked past the cooler anyhow :), took less than five minutes to actually adjust it.
 

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I can access mine without removing belt guard. come in from left side to lower shock tension and come in from right side to raise it.
its literally a 1-2 minute adjustment if your hands aren't too big
 

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So I tried to adjust with my hands and no luck. This was my third time trying to adjust that mofo. I rode down to the dealership today and was not able to find the oem adjustment tool so I bought a double sided tool that ended up being way too long. I had to cut the tool in half and then weld on a piece of steel at a 90 degree angle. After I jacked the bike up AND removed the dog bones AND sprayed everything with wd40 I was finally able to adjust the spring three turns tighter(using one hand to crank and the other to hold the tooth in the notch) before the tooth on the end of the wrench broke off...notch 7 it is!


The "5 minute" job only took me 2 hours of wrenching, 2 hours of riding and $12.

 

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So I tried to adjust with my hands and no luck. This was my third time trying to adjust that mofo. I rode down to the dealership today and was not able to find the oem adjustment tool so I bought a double sided tool that ended up being way too long. I had to cut the tool in half and then weld on a piece of steel at a 90 degree angle. After I jacked the bike up AND removed the dog bones AND sprayed everything with wd40 I was finally able to adjust the spring three turns tighter(using one hand to crank and the other to hold the tooth in the notch) before the tooth on the end of the wrench broke off...notch 7 it is!


The "5 minute" job only took me 2 hours of wrenching, 2 hours of riding and $12.



Id think lowered vines would be impossible to adjust because the shock is always compressed. Man that sounds like fun. They call for a battery denial in the official Yamaha repair manual...i used to adjust all the time from the side of the bike no problems.
 
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